State of Washington
66th Legislature
2019 Regular Session
ByRepresentatives Blake, Griffey, Sells, Eslick, Lovick, Irwin, Appleton, Pellicciotti, Riccelli, Kirby, Kilduff, Caldier, Ryu, Chapman, Tharinger, Stonier, Sullivan, Fitzgibbon, Wylie, Bergquist, Doglio, Pollet, Stanford, Frame, and Leavitt
Prefiled 12/12/18.Read first time 01/14/19.Referred to Committee on Labor & Workplace Standards.
AN ACT Relating to granting interest arbitration to department of corrections employees; and adding a new section to chapter 41.80 RCW.
NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 41.80 RCW to read as follows:
(1) In order to maintain dedicated and uninterrupted services to the supervision of criminal offenders that are in state correctional facilities and on community supervision, it is the legislature's intent to grant employees of the department of corrections interest arbitration rights as an alternative means of settling disputes.
(2) This section applies only to employees covered by chapter 41.06 RCW working for the department of corrections, except confidential employees as defined in RCW 41.80.005, members of the Washington management service, and internal auditors.
(3) Within ten working days after the first Monday in September of every odd-numbered year, the governor or the governor's designee and the bargaining representatives for any bargaining units covered by this section shall attempt to agree on an interest arbitrator to be used if the parties are not successful in negotiating a comprehensive collective bargaining agreement. The parties will select an arbitrator by mutual agreement or by alternatively striking names from a regional list of seven qualified arbitrators provided by the federal mediation and conciliation service.
(a) The fees and expenses of the arbitrator, the court reporter, if any, and the cost of the hearing room, if any, will be shared equally between the parties. Each party is responsible for the costs of its attorneys, representatives and witnesses, and all other costs related to the development and presentation of their case.
(b) Immediately upon selecting an interest arbitrator, the parties shall cooperate to reserve dates with the arbitrator for a potential hearing between August 1st and September 15th of the following even-numbered year. The parties shall also prepare a schedule of at least five negotiation dates, absent an agreement to the contrary.
(c) The parties shall execute a written agreement before December 15th of the odd-numbered year setting forth the name of the arbitrator and the dates reserved for bargaining and arbitration.
(4) The arbitrator may consider only matters that are subject to bargaining under RCW 41.80.020(1), and may not consider those subjects listed under RCW 41.80.020 (2) and (3) and 41.80.040.
(a) In making its determination, the arbitrator shall take into consideration the following factors:
(i) The financial ability of the department of corrections to pay for the compensation and benefit provisions of a collective bargaining agreement;
(ii) The constitutional and statutory authority of the employer;
(iii) Stipulations of the parties;
(iv) Comparison of the wages, hours, and conditions of employment of personnel involved in the proceedings with the wages, hours, and conditions of employment of like personnel of like state government employers of similar size in the western United States;
(v) The ability of the department of corrections to retain employees;
(vi) The overall compensation presently received by department of corrections employees, including direct wage compensation, vacations, holidays, and other paid excused time, pensions, insurance benefits, and all other direct or indirect monetary benefits received;
(vii) Changes in any of the factors listed in this subsection during the pendency of the proceedings; and
(viii) Such other factors which are normally or traditionally taken into consideration in the determination of matters that are subject to bargaining under RCW 41.80.020(1).
(b) The decision of an arbitrator under this section is subject to RCW 41.80.010(3).
(c) The decision of an arbitrator is not binding on the legislature and, if the legislature does not approve the funds necessary to implement provisions pertaining to the compensation and fringe benefit provision of an interest arbitration award, the provisions are not binding on the state or department of corrections.
(5) Subject to the provisions of this section, the parties shall follow the commission's procedures for interest arbitration.
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